THE ONLY LIMITS YOU HAVE ARE THE ONES THAT YOU BELIEVE

THE ONLY LIMITS YOU HAVE ARE THE ONES THAT YOU BELIEVE…

My life was that of a typical pre-teen. I was 12 years old when my father enrolled me in the the Flying Elephants Workshop for Teens. I went to it as a happy cheerful little girl, with above average performance, studying in one of Chennai’s reputed schools. No big pressure from parents, or stress from school to push my limits. I enjoyed singing and was interested in creative writing.

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF FLYING ELEPHANTS…

After my father inquired about Flying Elephants in 2015, he influenced a few of our flatmates to enroll in the program too. I was an enthusiastic participant and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. I identified that my limited belief was in regards to my own capabilities and the way I thought that things will usually be taken care of, by somebody other than me. The workshop took me through the magical journey where I learned to control my emotional steering, about the inner-workings of my brain and also found peace with my little brother at home.

That last one was much more challenging than it sounded!

I loved the workshop so much that I went on to help nearly 20 of my friends enroll too!

All my flat friends, school mates, cousins and just about every teen I knew, enrolled. I returned each year after that as an assistant coach for the workshop.
If my life was considered ‘cool’ before Flying Elephants, it has become a remarkable, eye-opening adventure after my brush with MindFresh.

A SHIVER DOWN MY SPINE…

And then one day, disaster struck. I was infected with a very rare virus, that affects only about one in every million people. It makes the victim’s bones incredibly brittle and fragile and sucks away all their energy to move. Affected people are essentially bedridden, unable to walk themselves even to the bathroom. There was no-one to cure and no definite period of time after, which patients would recover from the attack. The whole family was upset beyond words, to see a girl like me in the Intensive Care Unit without much positive hope from the doctors.

I was completely unprepared for such a catastrophe and was understandably shattered. Then during my long and lonely hours in ICU, I started to replay something Kirtanya had stated long ago at one of their workshops, about beliefs; The professional mentor had remarked long ago, “What happens to you does not matter. What you believe about what happened, is what matters. It made a world of difference to me.

THE ONLY LIMITS YOU HAVE ARE THE ONES THAT YOU BELIEVE…

I chose not believe the doctors’ anticipations about the virus based on previous patients, or the gloomy relatives around me, or the sympathetic caregivers at the hospital. I started to chant the mantra of my wellness, which involved intensely visualizing being the old me again. I started to feed my brain with data it needed using the NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques, introduced to me in the Flying Elephants workshops that I’d sat through, many times over the years.

And wouldn’t you know it, only a month was needed for me to leave the ICU. In an ending that would’ve been boo’d in theaters for being too implausible, I actually started to go to school the following month! In three months, I was the old me to the shock and surprise of everybody around me. When I shared this experience in next Flying Elephants workshop with the other teens, everyone in attendance was moved beyond words, including Kirtanya (the mentor who’d unwittingly laid the foundation for this whole story).